We head into a magical world with the drawing of the deer's antlers which morph effortlessly into the branches of a tree, complete with numerous side branches, leaves and buds. Gond drawings and paintings are always magical but this drawin seems to be full of the appreciation of life and vision of harmony that is typical of the art of the Gond people.
The Gond are a large tribal group mostly located in the central Indian state of Madya Pradesh. They decorate the walls of their houses with images of the world as they see it, where nature seems to be in harmony, plants, trees, birds, insects and even humans.
I've been collecting Gond paintings ever since I first saw them 10 years ago in Delhi. I've just seen an interesting about Gond paintings and the link is on this page. There are some wonderful images of this painting style and I especially like the title of their book: The Night Life of Trees.
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